In Quest of the Holy Grail
One day tour
Take a trip through the history on Scotland on this fascinating tour. See the iconic Forth Rail Bridge and visit Dunfermline, once the Capital of Scotland. Visit mighty Stirling Castle and view Bannockburn battlefield before making the short drive to mysterious Rosslyn Chapel.
Price range: £33 - £45
Forth Bridges - marvel at the engineering feat of the Forth Rail Bridge and the sweeping lines of the Queensferry Crossing
Dunfermline Abbey - explore the final resting place of King Robert the Bruce
Stirling Castle - visit the magnificent castle to see the Royal apartments and admire the panoramic views
Bannockburn - learn the story behind Scotland’s battle for independence
Roslin Glen - take a stroll through this atmospheric wooded gorge
Rosslyn Chapel - discover the elaborate stone carvings and mysterious tales
Movie locations - Braveheart, The Da Vinci Code & Outlaw King
Full Tour Itinerary
We start our journey of discovery with a drive across the Forth Road Bridge into the Kingdom of Fife. Historic Dunfermline Abbey is a great Benedictine abbey founded by Queen Margaret in the 11th Century. The famous Scottish hero, Robert the Bruce, is buried in the choir of the abbey and we will discover more about his important role in Scotland's history when we visit this historic place.
After a break we will travel westwards, following the River Forth, towards Stirling. Mighty Stirling Castle is set high on a volcanic plug over-looking the city of Stirling. Our stop will allow a leisurely visit to the castle where you will have a chance to see the splendid Renaissance Royal Palace of King James V and the magnificent Chapel Royal, it was here that Mary Queen of Scots was crowned in 1543. The views from the castle ramparts are quite stunning.
Passing the battlefield of Bannockburn we'll head back towards Edinburgh and the Pentland hills. At the foot of the hills is Rosslyn Chapel, the reputed resting place of the legend that is the Holy Grail, made famous by Dan Brown's book The Da Vinci Code. This is the Templar holy of holies and you'll have the chance to bask in its mystery and explore the chapel for yourself.
Frequently Asked Questions
What can I expect on this Signature Day Tour?
Travelling on a Signature one-day tour is a great way to discover the best of Scotland from your city centre base of Edinburgh, Glasgow or Inverness. During your day of discovery we’ll introduce you to many aspects of our country: spectacular scenery, history, folklore, nature and much, much more. Luxury travel is provided by air-conditioned mini or midi coaches and each tour is led by an experienced driver/guide who will provide a live commentary in English. There are stops planned at the key sights as well as for meals and comfort breaks. Please note that tours to some destinations, particularly to Loch Ness, can be faster paced so the number and duration of stops may be limited.
What are the optional extras on this tour and how much do they cost?
Admission fees are not included in the tour fare. Here are the attractions that are visited on this tour:
The above links will provide you with more details including prices. The tour itinerary has been carefully created to allow sufficient time for an interior visit, should you wish. In some cases discounts are available to tour participants, your driver/guide will give you more information if this applies on this tour. Some attractions don’t accept payment by credit/debit card so it’s recommended that you bring sufficient cash should you wish to make a visit.
If you plan to visit Edinburgh Castle as well as Stirling Castle during your time in Scotland you may wish to consider purchasing a Historic Scotland Explorer Pass. This ticket allows visits to up to 77 Historic Scotland attractions during the validity period of your pass.
How many people will be in the group?
The group size is normally between 29 and 33 passengers. On the Original Loch Ness Tour and at times of peak demand (such as on public holidays) larger coaches may be used.
Can I book seats on the coach?
The seating on the coach is not allocated so you are free to sit in any vacant seat. We recommend that groups arrive at the boarding point together so that you can be seated in the same part of the coach.
Do you offer a hotel pick-up service?
We know that you will want to start your tour straight away rather than spending valuable time travelling around hotels. By offering a single centrally located departure point we can get you to Scotland’s best scenery as quickly as possible .
- Transport by luxury air-conditioned mini/midicoach
- Live commentary in English
- Services of an experienced driver/guide
- Service charges and taxes
- Admission charges unless
- Meals, snacks or items of a personal nature
- Gratuity to your driver/guide
From 1 Parliament Square
Royal Mile/High Street
Edinburgh EH1 1RE
Check-in: 08:45 hrs
Tour Departs: 09:00 hrs
Tour Returns: 17:30 hrs
Concession discounts apply to adults aged 60 years and above; students and children aged 3 to 15 years inclusive.
We’re really sorry but children aged under 3 years cannot travel on this tour.
Photo-ID may be requested to confirm discount entitlement.
In order to give you maximum flexibility admission fees are not included in the cost of this tour.
Please see the FAQ section for more information on this tour.